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Sense of Scale by Tekka-Croe
Sense of Scale
(Have I really not posted anything since February?  I've been doing work, but relatively little of it is stuff I'd consider post-worthy on its own.)

This is a fairly basic illustration which I worked up for several reasons, related to work on both my own original IP Novus Imperium, and continued work on the Halo fan-project Venerance.  Here, I wanted to get both the current working-versions of Reina's armor and the Venerance conception of MJOLNIR armor down in the same place.

The illustration of Reina came first, and established the direction of Kelly-087's illustration.  It's doubtful that Kelly would pair an M6 pistol with a dagger or go into battle sans-helmet (or bend her leg so severely), but these decisions were made for the sake of consistency of presentation.

The scale here should be pretty accurate as well, assuming that Kelly is roughly 6'9" out-of-armor (and with Reina's listed head-height at 5'2").

Kelly-087 © Microsoft, 343 Industries
Reina Cloude, Novus Imperium © :icontekka-croe:
SPARTAN-II Male Physique Study by Tekka-Croe
SPARTAN-II Male Physique Study
Halo fans and artists take note! This is something special that I worked up under the supervision of :iconangeliclionheart: over the course of several months last year for Project VENERANCE (  This is featured in an internal document for the project detailing the creative process which this resulted from.  We feel that this information would be extremely helpful to other Halo fan-artists and content creators, so the document has been made available for all.

This document has been a long time in the works, and I'm proud to have contributed artwork for it. We went through a lot of trouble to figure out what a SPARTAN-II looks like under all that armor, and we hope that our efforts will be helpful to other content creators.


Obviously, we make no claim of ownership over Halo.  We just want to help out our fellow artists.
Clear Eyes by Tekka-Croe
Clear Eyes
The same basic concept as my last couple of avatar images here on DA, a detail view of one of Reina's eyes.  I'm still debating whether I want to use this as my profile icon, or if I want to create an emblem/insignia abstracted from this.

I did this on my little laptop, who's screen settings I'm still adjusting.  I decided not to do any color correction, as I think the vibrancy of the colors looks neat.

The last iteration of this posted online was all the way back in January 2012: "The Eyes Have It"

Reina, artwork © :icontekka-croe:
Novus Imperium Sketchdump 2014 by Tekka-Croe
Novus Imperium Sketchdump 2014
Happy new year!

You're gonna have to click "Download" for the full size.  There's a lot here and full resolution is the only way to really appreciate all the details.

This is a large assortment of sketches, development art, and underdeveloped works I did over the course of 2014 for Novus Imperium.  Like last year's sketchdump, Reina occupies most of the page starting from the top left.  Designs pertaining to the Karic Empire are mostly congregated in the lower right.  sketches pertaining to the Corrupted are in the upper right, and there are miscellaneous sketches occupying any free spaces.

If you have questions about any of the specific sketches, ask in the comments and I'll try to respond.

I think the NI sketchdump is going to become an annual feature.

NI Sketchdump 2013

Characters, designs, artwork © :icontekka-croe:
I am once again opening up for commissions.  Last year's run involved a lot of dropping the ball on my end, but it was at least informative, and I've incorporated a couple new things into my commission policy based on that experience.

I had wanted to submit my updated commission policy as a separate Deviation which I could link to from my Journal, but submitting a text document to DeviantArt seems to be slightly more difficult than crossing the Antarctic on foot.  So I'm putting it here instead, at least for the time being:

Commissions:  Terms and conditions.

No copyrighted material (some exceptions):  While I appreciate creativity within established universes, I'll not use any copyrighted material without its owner's express permission.  If you wish to commission a work depicting a character within a pre-existing universe, that character's design must be fully original.  There are some exceptions.  It’s my understanding that Games Workshop (Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000) and Privateer Press (Iron Kingdoms, Warmachine, Hordes) both encourage fan-created artwork, even commissions.

Accepting/declining commissions:  I reserve the right to choose whether or not I will accept a commission.  Regardless of whether I accept or decline, you will receive a response to your request.  If you don't receive a response within a few days, that doesn't mean I've declined- it may simply be that I’m busy.

Cancellation:  I reserve the right to, at any point during the commission process, cancel work on the commission.  Sometimes, issues will come up and I'll not have time to complete a commission within the foreseeable future.  If this occurs, you will be refunded anything you've paid up that point (depending on how we work out the payment for your individual commission).

The Client:

Retains the creative rights to their characters and designs.

May not re-produce or redistribute the commissioned work.

May not exhibit the commissioned work in any online or offline gallery without the artist's express permission.  (Universal permission:  You absolutely are permitted to display any work you commission from me in your own DeviantArt gallery, provided that you credit me as the artist.)

General guidelines:

Nothing Illegal:  I won't depict any sort of illegal activities.

Nothing Pornographic:  Let's keep it "Rated PG-13”, okay?

On a related note:  As a general rule, I don't do nudes.  Call me a prude if you must.

What to expect:  Bear in mind that I am principally a character designer.  I’m not much good at action scenes or environments.  Designing characters is what I’m best at, and my assumption is that that’s why most people want me to do work for them.

Pricing:  The base price for my commissions is $20 USD, and the cost goes up from there depending upon the amount of work involved.  The exact price will be worked out as I figure out exactly how much work will be required to complete the commission.  (For reference, a relatively simple character sheet, with color and shading, would run you +/- $60.)

Means of contact:  I can work with clients through DA’s note system, but I understand that some people like to communicate through Skype.  If you’d prefer to communicate through Skype, please send me a note here on DA letting me know that, and I’ll get you my Skype address.  (Important: If you contact me through Skype, please be sure to include your DeviantArt account name in the contact request.  This will make it far easier for me to know who you are, and to keep everyone’s names straight.)

Slots system:  This is something new that I’m implementing based on last year’s experience taking commissions.  In order to prevent myself being overwhelmed, I’ll be accepting commissions on a slots basis, with a maximum of four slots (ensuring that I am at no point working on more than four commissions simultaneously).  This will allow me to handle any backlog of clients in an orderly fashion.  If your request is in the backlog, I will contact you as soon as I’m available to work on it.

Payment:  For the moment, I'm only accepting payment through Paypal.  I'll contact you with my payment information upon acceptance of the commission.  At that time, we can discuss payment options, such as how or when to break up the payment, if at all.

  • Listening to: Metal Gear Rising OST, Halo 4 OST
  • Reading: Halo: The Fall of Reach
  • Watching: YuGiOh The Abridged Series
  • Playing: Warframe, Metal Gear Rising
  • Eating: A bagel
  • Drinking: Coffee


Artist | Student | Digital Art
United States
Current Residence: Colorado
Favourite genre of music: Orchestral, sci fi, Classical, Techno
Favourite style of art: Conceptual/stylized, Lego
Operating System: Windows 7
MP3 player of choice: Playstation Portable
Shell of choice: High-density Railgun Slug.
Skin of choice: My own, thank you very much.
Favourite cartoon character: Schnitzel
Personal Quote: "Watch out, chaps! It's Ultimate Fred!"

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Synd1cate-Runner Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Student General Artist
Hey, would you mind if I used Reina as a character of mine in a story? I know you've already got her as one in Novus Imperium, but I think that she'd fit in the story I've currently got going. I don't know if and when I'll publish it, but when I do, I'll be sure to credit you for her.
Tekka-Croe Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'd prefer that you didn't.  When It comes to Novus Imperium, I'm very possessive of my characters and designs.
Synd1cate-Runner Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2015  Student General Artist
Alright, thanks.
jojo-again Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:party: happy birthday :party:
2Spark Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
happy birthday!
GeoffRox24 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy Birthday!
Doyle-Wilson Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist
Happy Birthday!! :cake:
CrimsonFALKE Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
KingWillhamII Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
Happy Birthday! :D
Here's your gift:… ;)
Twiggierjet Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
Happy birthday.
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